Everton V West Bromwich Albion Preview | Key Men, Odds & Team News

Everton V West Bromwich Albion Preview | Key Men, Odds & Team News

Everton welcome West Bromwich Albion to Goodison Park on Saturday for the Toffees first home game of the season. Both teams will be looking for their first wins of the season as Everton drew 2-2 with Norwich, and West Brom lost 1-0 to Southampton on the opening day. Roberto Martinez's men head into the game with seven wins in their last nine at home, and Martinez will be hoping that the good home form that David Moyes established will continue …
Hull City vs Norwich City Preview | Stats, Odds & Key Men

Hull City vs Norwich City Preview | Stats, Odds & Key Men

On Saturday August 24th, Norwich will play the newly promoted Hull City at the KC Stadium.  Neither team were able to come away with a victory in their first game of the season with Norwich getting a point in a 2-2 draw vs Everton and Hull were beaten 2-0 by Chelsea in their first Premier League game since 2010.  Norwich were able to come away with a point after being outplayed by Everton but were clinical in front of net …
Newcastle United Vs West Ham United Preview | Stats, Odds & Key Men

Newcastle United Vs West Ham United Preview | Stats, Odds & Key Men

Newcastle United were given a baptism of fire in their opening fixture of the new 2013/14 Barclays Premier League season, as the Magpies were thrashed 4-0 away at Manchester City on Monday night and will be looking to bounce back against West Ham United on Saturday at 3.00pm. New Manchester United manager, David Moyes once admitted that playing against Manchester City was like “going into a gun fight with a knife” and it certainly felt like that for Newcastle against …
Stoke City v Crystal Palace Preview | Stats, Team News & Odds

Stoke City v Crystal Palace Preview | Stats, Team News & Odds

Crystal Palace travel to Stoke this week after both teams suffered an opening weekend 1-0 defeats to Tottenham and Liverpool respectively and hope to overcome penalty kick heartache. The departure of Tony Pulis during the summer caused many to believe a change of playing style would occur at Stoke this season, and whilst there were signs of keeping the possession better, the adaptation of style is set to be a patient one as Mark Hughes is wary of the damage …
The Rate of Attack and Creative Efficiency (RACE) to Goals Model

The Rate of Attack and Creative Efficiency (RACE) to Goals Model

One of the key breakthroughs recently in football's fanalytic community has been the development of shots models that look at quality of chances that teams or players have and their ability to finish those chances. There has been some very interesting work carried out by @colinttrainor (like this), @11tegen11 (like this), and @footballfactman (like this), where they have put in a significant amount of work to look at where shots are taken from and what the conversion rates are for shots from those areas. One of …
Osvaldo Makes £15m Switch To Southampton || Osvaldo vs Lambert vs Rodriguez

Osvaldo Makes £15m Switch To Southampton || Osvaldo vs Lambert vs Rodriguez

Pablo Osvaldo has made a £15 million move to St Mary's from Serie A side AS Roma. Although jokes are flying around about his move to Southampton and his resemblance to Johnny Depp, the South Coast side means business in their acquisitions this summer, with Osvaldo joining Victor Wanyama and Dejan Lovren in their summer spending spree. Osvaldo previously played under Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino at Espanyol, where the Italian played some of the best football of his career. During …
Gunners Panicking? Who can Arsenal Bring in?

Gunners Panicking? Who can Arsenal Bring in?

After Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at home to Aston Villa, Arsenal are now in a position that has been inevitable for the last few weeks. The Gunners are attempting to strengthen their squad with late bids before the transfer window closes. In most cases, a single defeat cannot suffice a panic situation, but Arsenal are a different matter. Fans who were promised that a large sum of money was available, have been disappointed to see the only player come into Arsenal …
Carmille's Chelsea Column: Jose's Homecoming & Demanding Schedule

Carmille's Chelsea Column: Jose's Homecoming & Demanding Schedule

This week’s column will discuss the return of Mourinho to Stamford Bridge, his accolades with the Blues, as well as discuss Chelsea’s busy start to the 2013/2014 season. “Jose Mourinho, Jose Mourinho” echoed across Stamford Bridge on Sunday as the newly reappointed Chelsea manager made his way toward the home dugout for his first competitive match of the season at Stamford  Bridge. “We are the happy ones”, “Welcome home Jose” posters were seen throughout the crowds. For the first time …
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